Media Releases

Date: December 4, 2021


The suspect involved in this robbery was located and arrested just before midnight on December 3. The vehicle was also recovered. The investigation remains ongoing.


Date: December 3, 2021

File: 21-27109


A gas station was robbed at knifepoint this afternoon in Saanich, prompting an alert from the Saanich Police to be on the lookout for the vehicle involved.

On Friday December 3, 2021 at approximately 3:00 pm the suspect entered the gas station storefront at the corner of Burnside Road West and Harriet Road, produced a knife to the cashier and demanded money. The suspect left the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, got into a red Hyundai Kona, and was last seen driving westbound on Burnside Road West. No persons involved were physically injured.

The suspect was described as a man, 5’5”, slim build, short dark hair, wearing a black and white mask, glasses, and a long, black-sleeved shirt with a white undershirt.

The vehicle was a red 2022 Hyundai Kona, which police have now confirmed was reported stolen this date from the Nanaimo area.

“If you see this vehicle with the matching plate, please call 9-1-1 immediately. Do not approach the suspect, as he is considered armed and dangerous.”

*Pictures are not the actual vehicle.



Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: December 2, 2021


The Saanich Police Board is proud to announce that Deputy Chief Constable Dean Duthie has been identified for promotion to become the 18th Chief Constable for the Saanich Police Department.


Duthie will assume the position on February 1, 2022, when current Chief Constable Scott Green is set to retire after more than thirty-three years of service with the Department.


In addition, Inspector Robert Warren has been identified for promotion to Deputy Chief Constable, which will also come into effect on February 1, 2022.


The Board made both decisions after engaging in a thorough and competitive process to select the next Chief Constable. “Through this process it was very clear to us that there are highly qualified, competent, and committed candidates within the organization to promote to Chief Constable, and, as a result, we also made the decision to promote one of the candidates to the position of Deputy Chief Constable,” said Mayor Fred Haynes, Chair of the Saanich Police Board.

Dean Duthie began his career in policing with the Saanich Police Department twenty-six years ago. Since that time, he has advanced through the ranks gaining experience in a wide range of police operations, investigations, administration, and management, becoming Acting Deputy Chief in 2019 and Deputy Chief in 2020. Dean holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice Studies from the University of the Fraser Valley and a Master of Education Degree in Leadership Studies from the University of Victoria.


“I am truly honoured to serve in the role of Chief Constable and look forward to leading in an emotionally intelligent, transformational, accountable, and inclusive manner as we continuously strive to improve, adapt, and grow while guided by our code of ethics, values, professionalism, and integrity,” said Dean Duthie.



Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

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Date: November 23, 2021

File: 21-20335


Saanich Police have been investigating a sexual assault that occurred on the Lochside Trail on September 6, 2021. On that date, the survivor was walking on the trail at approximately 7:30 pm when the suspect approached from behind and committed a sexual assault. The suspect was last seen walking north toward Saanich Road.


On November 21, 2021, the suspect was spotted on the Galloping Goose Trail near Swan Lake and was taken into custody by our officers without issue. The man, 33, was later released with a court date in early 2022 and several police-imposed conditions. Investigators are recommending one count of Sexual Assault.



Date: December 2, 2021

File: 21-26553


Our Traffic Safety Unit is investigating a collision between a truck and an e-scooter that left the rider with non-life-threatening injuries last Friday.


On November 26, 2021, at approximately 8:50 am a collision occurred at the intersection of Vanalman Ave and Glanford Ave between an e-scooter and a truck. The driver of the truck spoke to the scooter rider, but failed to exchange information and left the scene eastbound on Vanalman Ave toward the Pat Bay Highway. The rider of the scooter suffered non-life-threatening injuries.


The driver was described as a Caucasian man, 40-50 yrs, grey hair, grey beard and wearing a high-vis vest. Investigators are looking to speak to the driver of the truck, which was a blue 4-dr Toyota Tacoma and captured by CCTV footage driving away from the scene.


“Motorists are required to remain on scene after a collision, provide assistance if necessary and exchange information with any driver and any other person involved that may be injured.”




Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Offcer

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Date: November 22, 2021

File: 21-26231


On Sunday November 21, 2021 at 3:30 PM, a Traffic Safety Unit officer came across a group on Highway 17 that had gathered in the northbound travel lanes, holding signs and impeding traffic. They created an immediate safety risk for themselves and all that were travelling along Hwy 17. As a result, our officers closed the highway and began to assemble resources.

The Saanich Police had no prior knowledge of this unauthorized road closure and had not received any notification that it was going to take place.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms affords everyone the right to peaceful, safe and lawful assemblies. While the group was peaceful, their actions were neither safe nor lawful. While no arrests were made last night, our Major Crime Unit is conducting a criminal investigation which may result in a recommendation of charges to Crown Counsel.

Resolving incidents of this nature safely for the public, the police, and those causing the disruption requires considerable planning and specialized resources, including coordination with other emergency services to develop alternate routes.  We acknowledge the significant impact that this incident had on members of our community and regret the inconvenience caused by this traffic disruption.  We appreciate the patience and understanding shown by the community while police worked to ensure everyone’s safety.

Police are appealing to members of the public who may have obtained video of this incident or who have other witness information to support the criminal investigation.  Witnesses may contact the Saanich Police non-emergency line at 250-475-4321 or Detective Leanne Rowan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Cst. Markus Anastasiades

Public Information and Communications Officer

Saanich Police Department

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